The semibug PAM talk live tweet

On November 8 I’ll be at, giving a talk on how “PAM is Un-American.”

Last night, I gave an early version of the talk to the smaller, and not recorded, crowd.

Josh Grosse live-tweeted the event.

The actual talk will be recorded. And will have considerably less swearing. Because it’s being recorded.

And . . . → Read More: The semibug PAM talk live tweet

See Me in 2016

I have two more public appearances in 2016.

October 7-8, I’ll be at Ohio LinuxFest. They’ve asked me to speak on Introducing ZFS.

November 8, has invited me to talk about PAM. This is election day in the United States, so the talk is on how PAM is Un-American.

Sadly, family commitments prevent me . . . → Read More: See Me in 2016

Penguicon 2016 Lucas Track Schedule

While the folks at Penguicon reserve the right to change the schedule at any time, we’re close enough to the con that I’m comfortable releasing my talks and panel schedule. This is extracted from the official Penguicon descriptions. and schedule.

Friday, 30 29 April:

6 PM – Social Media for Writers (panelist) – Hamlin What . . . → Read More: Penguicon 2016 Lucas Track Schedule

FreeBSD and pam_listfile

I’ve discovered unknown terrors while researching and writing PAM Mastery. Well, terrors previously unknown to me, at least. I’m certain that the OpenPAM and Linux-PAM developers are very much aware of them. (I’m also certain that they’re part of the reason DES keeps his hair cut so short, so that he can’t yank it out . . . → Read More: FreeBSD and pam_listfile

next talk: “FreeBSD Filesystem Fun” at March semibug

I’m slated to present at the next SemiBUG meeting.

By unpopular demand, I’ll offer “FreeBSD Filesystem Fun,” also known as “odd stuff I learned as I’ve written the FreeBSD storage books.” You’ll get content on UFS, ZFS, unionfs, various memory filesystems, and some of the really odd corners I discovered while writing the book. Warning: . . . → Read More: next talk: “FreeBSD Filesystem Fun” at March semibug

The Penguicon Lucas Tech Track

I submitted several tech events to Penguicon, our local tech/SF/maker/assorted random WTF convention.

They accepted six: five talks and one panel.

So if you’re in Detroit on the weekend of 29 April-1 May, come by and see me bloviate about:

PAM: You’re Doing It Wrong the ZFS File System Networking for Systems Administrators Encrypted Backups . . . → Read More: The Penguicon Lucas Tech Track

first meeting next Tuesday

The first meeting for theSoutheast Michigan BSD User Group, aka SEMIBUG, will be next Tuesday, 17 November 2015, at the Hazel Park Raceway restaurant.

We’ll discuss what sort of meeting we want, when the regular meeting will happen, where it will be, and suchlike. We’ll probably also draft someone to fix the website. (By fix, . . . → Read More: first meeting next Tuesday

freebsd-update: “/usr/sbin/freebsd-update: cannot open files/.gz: No such file or directory”

This morning, I finally updated my web server to FreeBSD 10.2-p6 using freebsd-update. Normally I like freebsd-update, but this morning it decided to be cranky.

As usual, it was cranky because I didn’t know what I was doing.

First, I should say that I don’t need to update my hosts that often. If there’s, say, . . . → Read More: freebsd-update: “/usr/sbin/freebsd-update: cannot open files/.gz: No such file or directory”

SSH talk, 10 November 2015

I’ll be at the Farmington Hills Public Library for the meeting on 10 November 2015, talking about SSH.

The talk will be pretty much based on SSH Mastery, as you might expect.

Meeting starts around 6:30 PM.

The library throws us out at 9PM, at which point a bunch of us troop out to . . . → Read More: SSH talk, 10 November 2015

Tarsnap talk on-line

My 20-minute Tarsnap talk at turned out to be more like 40 minutes. It’s now available at YouTube.

Or, just watch it below.